Summer time growing up was filled with memories of swimming at my aunt and uncle's house, playing with cousins, and eating my Nanny's homemade ice cream. I always got giddy when the ice cream maker was pulled out. I loved watching her fill the barrel with rock salt as I impatiently waited for the creamy vanilla goodness.
My mother never had one of those contraptions. Times have changed, and the technology behind making homemade ice cream has come a long way. When I received a gift card from my Classical Conversations students at the end of the year, I decided to buy myself my very own ice cream maker! What a sweet treat just in time for summer.
We've made a couple of fun treats in it so far, but I'm loving how creative you get to be with this machine. I had a lot of strawberries and pineapple left over from a get together with friends, and I googled sorbet recipes to make with these ingredients. I quickly found this great recipe, and the kids and I whipped it up. It was amazing, but I only ended up churning half of the fruit mix, and left the other half in the freezer...which got my mind churning up ideas of what else I could make with that lovely fruity mixture.
I wanted to make a creamy version of the sorbet, so I used the second half of the mixture and mixed in some heavy cream. What isn't good with a little heavy cream?
It was all glorious in my head, but I ran into a couple of problems. First of all, the fruity mixture was frozen solid by the next day. Therefore my husband had to cut it out of the glass dish instead of just scooping out the slushy goodness.
Next, we poured the heavy cream into the machine and proceeded to drop the frozen sorbet cubes into the cream - and it froze instantly into a hard rock!! To top it off, I didn't have the churn in first...so there was no way anything was going to work.
Thankfully, we salvaged the dessert by cleaning out the ice cream bowl, melting the sorbet into a slush in the microwave, and starting over again by placing the churn in first, then the semi-melted strawberry/pineapple concoction, and finishing with the cream and vanilla.
The final results? Deluxe chocolate and strawberry creamy goodness. The girls chopped a few more strawberry bits to place on top of their scoops. We all enjoyed our homemade ice cream, and I learned a lot about the freezing point of cream!
Surprisingly there was a little bit left over, so I put it in a freezer safe container, and I'll have a sweet treat to enjoy another day!